Day 1 Arrival and acclimatization
Highlights: No visiting today, better take rest in hotel.
Arrive at Lhasa train station or airport, your guide and driver will pick you up there in person with a warm Tibetan style welcome ceremony by presenting you Khata and afterwards transfer you to the hotel, suggest you stay at hotel to have good rest for better acclimatization.
Day 2 Sightseeing in Lhasa
Highlights: Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, Barkhor Street
In the morning, visit Lhasa's landmark-Potala Palace, in which myriad chapels, audience halls, Buddhist frescoes, Thangkas, combinations of Mandela, figures of the Buddha stored. In the afternoon, visit the Johkang Temple, the center of Tibetan Buddhism, built during Songtsen Gonpo's reign by princess Wencheng of the Tang dynasty, 647 A.D. After the Johkang Temple, we will start a circular pilgrim route along Barkhor Street where you can purchase traditional Tibetan and Nepalese artifacts, religious implements, antiques, books, music instrument, Thangkas, and etc.
Day 3 Sightseeing in Lhasa
Highlights: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery
In the morning, drive to Drepung monastery which used to serve as the government center in Tibet until the fifth Dalai Lama moved to the famous Potala Palace. It is the biggest Buddhism College in Tibet and once homed to more than 10000 monks. In the afternoon, drive to visit Sera monastery which is famous for its scripture debate session among monks that starting every afternoon except Sunday.
Day 4 Lhasa /Yamdrok Lake / Gyantse ( 270km, 7 hours )
In the morning, drive to the historic town of Gyantse via Yamdrok Lake, according to local mythology, Yamdrok Lake is the transformation of a goddess, on the Gangbala Pass, you will have a clear picture of this Tibetan holy lake in turquoise, in distance you can also see the snow capped Summit of Ninjingkangsang. In Gyantse, you will find the largest stupa in Tibet-Kumpa Stupa (Ten-thousand stupa), just next to the Stupa is the Pelchor Monastery. Another important site in Gyantse is Dzong Castle which once was a battle field where Tibetan fought against British invasion.
Day 5 Gyantse /Shigatse /Sakya /Lhatse ( 240km,5 hours )
Highlights: Tashilumpo Monastery, Sakya Monastery
Drive to Shigatse to visit Tashilunpo Monastery, the seat of Panchen Lama and also one of four most important Gelugpa Sect Monateries in Tibet. In the afternoon, drive to Sakya; visit Sakya Monastery that is famed as the 'Second Dunhuang' for its colossal collection of numerous Tibetan Buddhist scriptures, murals and Thangkas. Afterwards, we will drive to Lhasa County.
Day 6 Lhatse /Shegar /Rongbuk Monastery /E.B.C ( 270kms, 7 hours )
Driving to Rongbuk Monastery (the highest monastery in the world) via Shegar, on the way you will cross over Gyatsola Pass at 5,220 m, which is the highest point enroute, and from the pass you will see the Himalaya mountain ranges in a clear day. In the afternoon, starting to trek from Rongbuk Monastery to E.B.C, it takes about 2 hours. Or you can take animal carriage (30RMB/per person, round-trip). Overnight at Rongbuk Guesthouse. (Dorm beds)
Day 7 Rongphu /Old Tingri /Saga. ( Around 270KM, 8-9 hours )
Long driving about one day over the sandy and rocky land of Tibet, other things like lake, nomads chasing thousands of yaks and sheep keep you busy. By the late afternoon you will cross Bhramha Purtra River way to typical Chinese and Tibetan town. Overnight at Saga (Guest house, dorm bed)
Day 8 Saga /Paryang ( 250km, 7-8 hours )
Driving from Saga to Paryang through the windswept territory passing many villages and camps of Yak herders with the distance view of snow capped mountains. Overnight at Paryang (Guest House, drom bed)
Day 9 Paryang /Lake Manasarovar ( 294km, 8 hours )
Prior to Mt. Kailash trekking, you have to transverse along 270 km distance from Paryang to Lake Manasorovar. This route takes you to the amazing and holy Manasarovar Lake stunningly set on the Tibetan plateau bordered by the majestic Gurla Mandata. As you approach this sacred lake, historic Chiu Monastery will come into your sight on the north-west shore of the lake. From this vantage point, you can even get a glimpse of the majestic Mt. Kailash and Gurla Mandata. This journey leaves your spirit fulfilled. Overnight at the village Hore or Chiu Monastery (Guest house, dorm bed).
Day 10 Lake Manasarovar/Darchen ( 60km, 2 hours )
After breakfast, it is a day for Puja & Holy bath in the holy lake. We will be doing Mansarover Parikarma by land cruiser (4520 m) 115 km/ 4 - 5 hrs. On the way, we will stop near Trugu Gompa for Holy Bath in Holy Lake Mansarovar. We will be setting seperate bathing tents for changing your clothes. During this parikarma, we will have a picnic lunch on the bank of Holy Lake Mansarovar. Time Permitting visit Chui Gompa. Later, drive to Darchen (4620 m). Darchen is located beneath the majestic holy Mount Kailash, a small village with couple of guesthouses. During the auspicious pilgrimage time, this place will be flooded with Pilgrims with hundreds of tents all around. Overnight at Hotel in Darchen
Day 11 Trek from Darchen to Dira-puk Monastery, 20km, 5 - 6 hours
After breakfast, drive approx. 13 Kms. to Tarboche, the trek starting point of Kailash Parikrama. Tarboche is also known as the outer "Asthapath". The first day of our Kora is a gradual walk with multitudes of other local pilgrims chanting and praying. The trail leads us to few ups and downs till we reach our camp/guest house at Dira- puk (4860 m) 7 km/ 5 - 6 hours trek. We will be camping on the nice grassy meadows with a view of northwestern face of Kailash.
Day 12 Trek from Dira-puk Monastery to Zutul-puk Monastery by crossing Drolma-la Pass, 15km, 6 - 7 hours
Lha Chu Valley blurs as you turn towards Drolma Chu Valley. You ascend to Drolma La, the highest point on the trip. But soon after the breathtaking biew of the Thukpe Dzingbu Lake, known as the Lake of Compassion, at the summit, you realize that this tough and challenging ascent has indeed been worthwhile and fruitful. Several prayer flags can be seen at the summit. Further on, the trail descends to the flat fields of Zutul-puk, which houses a monastery and several fascinating caves. These caves were used for meditation. Milarepa's cave is one of the most ancient and popular. Milarepa's footprints and elbow prints are believed to be imprinted all over this cave filled with mani stones. You then reach Zutul-PUK.
Day 13 Trek back to Darchen, 14Km, 4- 5 hours
Away from Zugul-Puk, you follow the trail through Bhark plain leading to Darchen. It is an easy walk along some impressive gorges and around many manic stones and mani walls back to the Bharkha Plains and dusty Darchen. The Kora has come to an end- you have erased your sins, endured cold nights and mornings, crossed some of the highest passes in the world, met countless fellow pilgrims and sent prayers of peace out to the world. Shortly after arriving at Darchen, you board the waiting vehicle for a short drive to Chi Gomapa, on the shore of the Manasarovar Lake.
Day 14 Driving from Darchen to Paryang ( 4550m, 340km, 9 hours )
Overnight at Paryang (Gusethouse, dorm bed)
Day 15 Driving from Paryang to Saga ( 252km, 7-8 hours )
Overnight at Saga (Guesthouse, dorm bed)
Day 16 Driving from Saga to Lhatse ( 300Km, 9 hours )
Overnight at Lhatse.
Day 17 Driving from Lhatse to Lhasa ( 450km, 7 hours )
Overnight at Lhasa.
Lhasa to airport departure transfer, tour ends.
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Me and my friend would like to visit Tibet next spring (from 22 May to 12 June).
We yet do not know how exactly our itinerary will be, but it will begin in Lhasa, include Mont Kailash (spend 4 or 5 days there around the 5th of June) and finish at the Tibetan Border. The days in between are not planed yet (probably EBC or Guge or some lakes...).
I have carefully read the FAQ but still have a question:
If we design a tour ahead, will it be possible to change it on the way or do we have to stick strictly to the plan. For example, can we decide at the last moment to stay 2 days more at one place?
Can we go trekking in the Kailash or for short walks without the guide?
For our itinerary, what would be approximately the price for a car and a guide for 2 people on a budget with basic accommodation?
Thanks a lot for your answer,
Dear Mr. Da***,
Thanks very much for your inquiry. According to your inquiry, here we recommend 15 days Tibet Mt. Kailash group tour starting on 29th May to you. If you design tour itinerary, we are able to arrange a private tour for you, but there are only two of you, the price would be very high, it's almost twice the price of group tour. Joining this 15 days Tibet Mt. Kailash tour on 29th May, which is suitable for your itinerary, Mt. Kailash trekking, holy lakes Yamdrok Lake and Lake Manasarovar are also included in tour package. Moreover, you'll visit famous Saga Dawa Festival during this tour, this festival attracts numerous Chinese and foreign tourists every year. Meanwhile, if you want to leave Tibet from border, our guide will send you to Gyirong border on day 13, and you can take local jeep or bus from here to Kathmandu. I will send detailed itinerary to your email, please check it. Warm regards.
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